Global Affairs, 2016-2017

The minor Global Affairs is built on two pillars of International Relations: International Security and International Political Economy. This minor aims to provide students with the tools and knowledge to understand the most important global trends and challenges. In the minor students will explore the relationship between geo-political shifts and power instruments in International Relations: in the political/ military as well as in the financial/economic domain. We will address the current situation in international diplomacy and the solutions it could or should provide in this radically changed environment which continues to change rapidly.

Geo-political shifts have great consequences in a variety of ways: the balance between regions, the roles of institutions, the use and development of international law or the use of power instruments. The minor aims to offer students a balanced package of courses in which theory and practice in this extended field of international relations are combined. The lecturers will confront students with their academic knowledge and their practical experiences. We will pay attention to global trends and challenges such as: the shift of political, financial and economic power to the East and its consequences for existing international institutions; climate change; the new role of media in global events; scarcity of energy resources and the commodity markets. It will address both inter-state and intra-state conflict, as well as post-conflict nation building.

Amongst its teachers are: Prof.mr. Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (International Relations & Diplomatic Practice) will teach the course‘Gateway to Global Affairs’. He is former NATO Secretary-General and former Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs. Prof.dr. Rob de Wijk (International Relations & Security) will teach the course ‘Power Instruments’ together with Phdc. Arlinda Rrustemi. De Wijk is director of The Hague Center for Strategic Studies and director of The Hague Security Delta. Prof.dr. Edwin Bakker (Terrorism) will teach the course ‘Terrorism & Counterterrorism: Comparing Theory & Practice’. He is director of the Institute of Security and Global Affairs and the first professor in the world who created a MOOC on this topic. Furthermore ‘Humanitarian Intervention and Peacebuilding’ will be taught by Prof. Herman Schaper and PhDc. Arlinda Rrustemi. Dr. Sijbren de Jong teaches ‘Geo-economics’ and ‘War, Media and Globalization’ will be taught by Aernout van der Lynden. Next to that we will invite practitioners – politicians, diplomats, experts and other officials – to join our ranks during the lectures.

Practical Information

Registration

You can register for this minor in Usis, code:6000MGAN.

It is not possible to follow single courses, as the minor is a consistent package of courses designed to help you build your knowledge in a logical and connected way. However, it is possible for students EUR to register for a 15 EC semi-minor consisting of two compulsory courses, Gateway to Global Affairs and Power Instruments, and one elective to be chosen from the other four Global Affairs courses.

For your questions about registration,
Check: Admission, registration and enrolment
contact 071 – 527 1111 or studielijn@leidenuniv.nl.

Location

The courses will take place in The Hague

Timetable

To be announced asap.

See the link timetable Global Affairs on the right side of this page.

Questions

For questions you can send an email to global affairs.

Courses

This minor is a consistent package of courses designed to help you build your knowledge in a logical and connected way. It is not possible to follow single courses. However, it is possible to register for a 15 EC semi-minor consisting of two compulsory courses, Gateway to Global Affairs and Power Instruments, and one elective to be chosen from the other four Global Affairs courses.

Minor structure

Target group

This English minor program aims at students who have a keen interest in, and are enthusiastic about global affairs, international relations, international political economy, international security and diplomacy. This minor is especially interesting for students from Public Administration, Political Science, Law and International Studies, but all students are welcome.

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